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South Africa cricket on a high, Australia going down and under

South Africa scored their second biggest Test cricket win against Australia in Hobart to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead

cricket Updated: Nov 15, 2016 19:13 IST
HT Correspondent
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This was It was South Africa’s third straight Test series win in Australia after their 2008 and 2012 successes.(AFP)

South Africa completed an innings and 80-run humiliation of Australia in Hobart on Tuesday to seal the three-match series with a game to spare.

Resurgent South Africa, who won the series-opener in Perth by 177 runs, will head into their first day-night test match in Adelaide next week confident they can sweep their demoralised opponents.

It was South Africa’s third straight Test series win in Australia after their 2008 and 2012 successes.

Australia face another bout of soul-searching, having slipped to a fifth consecutive Test defeat after losing the first match of the home summer for the first time in 28 years in Perth.

Following are statistical highlights from the first two Tests:

South Africa recorded their first innings victory in Australia by winning the second Test match by an innings and 80 runs at Bellerive Oval, Hobart on Tuesday (November 15).

It was South Africa’s second biggest win over Australia after an innings and 129 runs win at Durban in 1969-70.

Australia's captain Steve Smith walks off after being dismissed by South Africa's Kagiso Rabada. (REUTERS)

South Africa scored 326 runs in their only innings to complete an innings victory. This is the fifth-lowest total by any team to complete an innings victory in Australia and the lowest since 1993. West Indies had made just 322 runs at the WACA, Perth on that occasion and had won by an innings and 25 runs.

With this victory, South Africa take 2-0 lead in this series. It was third consecutive series wins for a team against Australia in Australia. Before this South Africa had won in 2008-09 and 2012-13. They have become the third team to achieve this feat after West Indies and England. West Indies won three between 1984 and 1992 and England won three between 1884 and 1888.

Australia faced 558 balls in this Test match, 197 in the first innings and 361, in the second. It was second least in a Test at home in the last 100 years. They had survived just 457 balls against England in the Brisbane Test in 1928-29.

Australia’s scored 246 runs in this Test match, 85 in the first innings and 161 in the second. It was their sixth lowest ever in home Tests. The most recent previous instance of Australia scoring lower and losing 20 wickets was 112 years ago when they made 233 runs against England in Melbourne.

There were 16 single-digit scores by the Australia batsmen in the match - their joint-highest in any Test. The last time before this they had 16 such scores in a Test was at the Oval in 1912.

The previous record of most single-digit scores for Australia against South Africa were 15 at Cape Town in 2011-12. Australia lost the match by eight wickets. They scored 284 (six single-digit scores) in the first innings and 47 (nine single-digit scores) in the second.

(Compiled by S. Pervez Qaiser)